Don't forget these 7 must-have items on your first snow trip
Planning your first snow trip but don’t know what to wear? With a few simple tricks and tips you can skip from novice to pro and stay toastier than a marshmallow in a campfire.
Like any wild escape, protecting yourself against the elements is the key to enjoying your trip, and your first time at the snow is no different.
Whether you're sightseeing, tobogganing or even snowshoeing, these 7 carefully-curated must-have items will keep you warm, dry and comfortable, faster than you can say “snowball fight”.
1. Start with a base layer
Layering is vital when it comes to staying warm at the snow and moisture-wicking base layers are the perfect place to start.
We opt for Woolmark Certified, Aussie Merino thermals. They’re a natural choice for us since they don’t add plastics and emissions to the world. Plus, Merino wool is thermogenic. This means it will keep you warm when you're cold but also cool you down as you get hot. Merino is also breathable, anti-microbial and odour-resistant.
No wonder Aussie sheep look so happy all the time.
2. Boost warmth with a mid layer
Pull on your favourite puffer or fleece for that extra boost of warmth on your first trip to the snow.
Down or puffer jackets are a great mid-layer choice. Their warmth to weight ratio is next to none, making them a smart choice for packing. Or, if you call yourself warm-blooded, you can opt for a puffer vest. It will keep your core warm without overheating the rest of your body.
3. Time for the outer layer
Forgetting your outer layer is like forgetting to wear socks with shoes. Yes, you can opt to not wear it, but if it snows (or even rains) you’ll be wetter than a snowman kicking back in a jacuzzi.
Wear waterproof jackets and pants in the snow that are minimum 10K waterproof. If you want the best of the best, choose gear with a 20K rating, for instance our Palladium Jacket and Lithium Bib Pants.
It’s also important to note the difference between water resistant and waterproof. Water resistant will only work well against a small drizzle whereas waterproof can help against a downpour (to an extent).
4. Don’t forget the gloves
As most of us know, heat escapes from the extremities - our hands, feet and head. So, grabbing a pair of gloves is a surefire way to keep you out in the snow for longer.
When choosing gloves, look for pairs that have insulation and waterproofing. That way your hands will stay warm and dry.
It’s also good to know that if you feel the cold, a mitten (or mitt) will be the warmest choice but if you prefer to have more dexterity, it’s hard to go past a leather glove.
5. Put your best foot forward
When it comes to snow and ice, a thoughtfully designed snow boot is going to trump a hiking boot any day of the week.
Snow boots are designed with waterproof or water-resistant materials to keep the wet out. Plus, they feature warming insulation for extra toasty toes.
Better yet, snow boots are designed with more grip on the sole to help you avoid slipping and sliding your way to a fall.
For really icy conditions, a winning combo is pairing snow boots with snow boot chains. The extra traction you get from snow boot chains make even 4WDs jealous.
6. Eyewear for the glare
Easily forgotten but you’ll be kicking yourself if you do, eyewear like sunglasses or goggles are a must for first timers visiting the snow.
When the sun hits snow the glare can be blinding. Trust us, add some sunglasses or goggles to your packing list and your eyes will thank us later.
7. Something for your noggin
Last but not least, you can’t forget the trusty beanie. As we said earlier, heat escapes from your extremities so covering your head in snowy conditions is guaranteed to keep you warmer for longer.
Deciding what clothes to wear in the snow
Our handy checklist will make deciding what clothes to wear in the snow that little bit easier.
Remember, the key is layering. That way you can easily adjust to changes in body temperature and the weather.
Stay warm, have fun and enjoy. We’ll see you out there.